Today at approximately 10am Oregon State Police was notified of a body in the Whale Cove water area just south of Depoe Bay.
The body was recovered and at this time is confirmed to be an unidentified male. The Oregon State Police Medical Examiner will work on identification through DNA.
It was on April 15th at nearby Rocky Creek that Kelly Smith, 26, of Athens, Georgia was swept off some rocks while trying to take pictures of incoming waves. One of them hit from behind and was catapulted into the water. Witnesses say he managed to stay afloat for the better part of 15 minutes but between the cold water and being fully clothed, he soon sank beneath the surface and not was seen again.
OSP Patrol was assisted by Depoe Bay Fire, Seal Rock Fire Surfwater Rescue, US Coast Guard and OSP Fish and Wildlife officers.
A body was spotted in Whale Cove this morning. No word on clothing or gender. Depoe Bay Fire-Rescue, Seal Rock Surf Water Rescue, the Coast Guard, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police are on scene. The operation is a body recovery operation, not a rescue. A command post has been set up atop a bluff overlooking the cove.
Surf Water Rescue from Seal Rock are on a jet ski and is being escorted to Whale Cove by the Coast Guard. Depoe Bay Fire Rescue has deployed their radio-controlled mini-rescue raft. It could be used to transport the body out to the Coast Guard motorlifeboat stationed outside the entrance to the cove.